ARARAT - October is Australia's Breast Cancer Awareness Month, providing a great opportunity to show support for women and families affected by breast cancer.
East Grampians Health Service breast care nurse Sarah Carter announced that the Ararat Breast Cancer Support Group is hosting its annual morning tea in support of Pink Ribbon Day.
The morning tea will be held at the Ararat Bowling Club next Monday October 28 commencing at 10am. All community members are welcome to come along and enjoy morning tea while listening to guest speaker Kim Kyatt from Grampians Breastscreen Victoria. Mrs Kyatt is the Women's HealthCare and Breastscreen manager for Ballarat and she will highlight the importance of women having mammograms.
Mrs Carter said that breast cancer is the most common cancer in Australian women with one in eight diagnosed before the age of 85.
In seeking early detection and diagnosis this gives you the best possible chance of a successful outcome. Women without any symptoms can help themselves by having a free mammogram at BreastScreen, to book in call 13 20 50. There is a Breastscreen Service in both Ballarat and Horsham offering free two yearly mammograms to women aged 40. There is no upper age limit, however, the target age group is 50-69 years, as the majority of women diagnosed with breast cancer are in this age range.
"Women who may find it difficult to drive or get to Ballarat for a free mammogram, Breastscreen make a bus available to Ballarat from Ararat which is organised by East Grampians Health Service," Mrs Carter said.
"Once there are enough people, we will organise the bus to Ballarat."
If you would like more information or would like to register your name for the next bus, please ring the Ararat Community Centre on 5352 9 327 Or speak with Mrs Carter on 5352 9343.
Mrs Carter also said that on Tuesday November 19 East Grampians Health Service will be hosting the Look Good - Feel Better program. This free workshop runs twice a year and is for any woman recently diagnosed with cancer, undergoing or about to undergo chemotherapy and/or radiotherapy treatment for cancer.
Experienced volunteers from the cosmetic and beauty industry are available to show women how to care for their skin and apply make-up to minimise the appearance related side effects of treatment.
Call the Community Centre for further information.
The Ararat Breast Cancer Support Group is co-ordinated by Bev Walker and Kaye Fox and offers support to women with breast cancer and their families by providing regular meetings, telephone support, social occasions and practical assistance.
Mrs Walker said new members are always welcome to join the group, which meets once per month.
The East Grampians Health Service 'Look Good - Feel Better' program is coordinated through the Oncology Service, which recently received a donation of $1,000 from the Ararat Breast Cancer Support Group.
"We are very pleased to donate the funds to the Look Good - Feel Better for the women of the Ararat and surrounding districts," Mrs Walker said.
"The Ararat community raises this money and would like the money to stay in the area so that it can be used locally. This donation will be used to provide a light lunch to the participants of the Look Good - Feel Better Program in Ararat."
Mrs Carter thanked Ararat Breast Cancer Support Group for the donation and acknowledged their support that they provide to chemotherapy whilst being delivered to patients.
For more information please phone Bev on 5352 1604, Kaye Fox on 5352 1462 or Sarah Carter on 53 529 343.